Modularity Lite

Modularity Lite is a free multimedia theme framework for WordPress by Graph Paper Press. The theme design was developed with users who appreciate visual browsing and prefer a minimal layout, with their photos and multimedia featured front and center. In the future, we will be releasing “child themes” to provide design alternative and additional applications (apps) that will work with Modularity Lite. You’ll definitely want to subscribe to GraphPaperPress.com to get all the latest developments and enhancements for Modularity Lite.

Modularity Lite includes:

  • Optional homepage slideshow
  • Optional homepage one or two column blog-style layout
  • Theme Options page, where you can define background, text, link colors, contact info, site tracking code and more.
  • S.E.O. optimized titles and alt tags
  • Four widgetized areas
  • Click-down navigation for a compact, minimalist masthead.
  • Built in multimedia custom field support
  • Automatic thumbnail generation. No need to manage thumbnails using custom fields
  • Blueprint CSS framework
  • Valid, clean code

What is a “multimedia theme framework?” It’s actually quite simple. Using Modularity Lite as your base theme, Graph Paper Press will release “child themes,” which will add additional functionality and design features to Modularity Lite. You’ll definitely want to subscribe to GraphPaperPress.com to keep up on all the latest developments and enhancements for Modularity Lite.

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Thad is the founder of Theme.Works and Graph Paper Press. Previously, he produced online multimedia and documentary projects for USA Today including the inauguration of President Barack Obama and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abby.

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  1. hello, when i try to download this theme it asks me to login, but i can’t see where i can do that… help?

    cheers

  2. Hi Josh – You can now login at the top right of the site (in the sidebar).

    Everyone – You must be logged in to download the theme.

  3. Hey everyone….I’ve just updated the theme to 1.1, which adds a couple more options to the theme options page, some CSS changes and other code changes. Please download now.

  4. Hi, do you have a similar “developer” type package for this theme like the Modularity one that doesn’t require credit attribution in the footer? Or if I purchase Modularity at the developer level would that enable me to use a layout based on Lite without a footer link?

  5. Awesome theme! However, although everything else in the options page seems to work fine, I cannot change the colors! How can this be?

  6. hey this is really cool design! i really luvd it. But… due to my lack of knowledge when I pasted the code on the page, i could only see black background.

    Can anyone help me install the theme. I really love this theme & purchased the CSS Upgrade only for this theme, but am not able to apply it on my blog. Some one please HELP

  7. So I am logged in and I want to download Modularity Lite. I understand it is free – right? And yet I can’t download it. What am I missing. Thanks

  8. This is an awesome theme! I just downloaded it and am loving it so far. The only problem I’m having is that my posts (imported from blogger) are floating to the left, so my post text and images are next to each other.

    I don’t want it this way. And I can’t find which code in style.css to change. There are so many float: left codes I’m seeing that I don’t know which would affect what I want. I tried to change the float:left code I found in the “content” section, but that didn’t affect it.

    I would appreciate any feedback on this! Thank you!!

  9. hey, just downloaded it, it looks great, however, I have a question:

    How do I get those optional components from the Modularity Lite??

    Thanks!!

  10. Hi,

    I love this theme and I am using it for my website. However I am running into a few issues with permalinks. I’m thinking maybe it has something to do with the theme…

    When I change the permalinks custom structure to “/%category%/%postname%/” for example, everything works but the feed (the link at the bottom to “subscribe to entries” and the category link under each post (for example “Categories: News”).

    When I switch back to ugly permalinks, it works fine.

    I tried the wordpress support forums but couldn’t find an answer there. HELP! 🙂

    Thanks,
    Nadav

  11. hi,
    i lov this theme. but the image fader does not get loaded in my Localhost. i downloaded the light version. can u pls pls pls tell me whats wrong coz i need to fix this immediately. n for ur info im using firefox latest n wordpress 2.6.3.

    when i see the demo i can see the image fader

  12. Any body knows how to change the function that limits the text view on older posts?
    I want to show the whole posts not to make users to open a new window for reading older posts, that wastes viewer time.

    Great design! I love it!

  13. Hi. Does anyone know how to change the header images? I’ve replaced them w/ my own files but the slideshow seems to be “stuck.”
    thanks!

  14. Agreed. The design is awesome, but the comments are still out of alignment. I’ve used the code in the forum but that is for the Pro version, not the lite version. I’ve checked out other blogs on this thread and some of them seem to have the comments glitch worked out. I’d really appreciate if someone would share the correct comments coding with me so my blog can be as pretty as yours. 🙂

    Thanks!

  15. Ditto. Trying to get this theme tonight. But each time I download, it tells me that the archive is not valid – nothing opens. (Most themes unzip as an envelope – this one just changes to a file with .cpgz at end.) Help. Need asap!!!

  16. Gorgeous themes. Trying it out now for wordpress 2.7

    @jdavid17: just downloaded this and unzipped it successfully. Used unarchiver for mac but any standard unzip utility should work

  17. There are problems with both the login and logout using 2.7. I replaced a couple of lines with the corresponding lines from the classic theme.

    First the login at around line 70 of comments.php:

    original code
    You must be <a href=”/wp-login.php?redirect_to=”>logged in to post a comment.

    replaced with
    <?php printf(__(‘You must be logged in to post a comment.’), get_option(‘siteurl’).”/wp-login.php?redirect_to=”.urlencode(get_permalink()));?>

    Then the logout at around line 78 of comments.php:

    original code
    Logged in as <a href=”/wp-admin/profile.php”>. <a href=”/wp-login.php?action=” title=”Log out of this account”>Logout »

    replaced with
    <?php printf(__(‘Logged in as %s.’), ‘‘.$user_identity.’‘); ?> <a href=”” title=””>

    In addition, I wasn’t able to unzip the download file at graphpaperpress.com. I was able to get it from the themes directory of wordpress.org.

  18. I really like this theme and i am currently using it on my website.

    So i have one question. Is there a way i can setup a page that will not show under the pages section. I mean, i have about 8 pages and want to under some of them under this eight pages rather than creating more pages hence making the page, hard to navigate.

    Please help me out

    Anyone?

    thanks

  19. I also can’t seem to extract the archive – and there doesn’t seem to be a download link after I log in – any ideas what’s happening???

  20. Hi. Very nice work, but I can’t seem to find the download link. All I found was “[download#10#size#hits]” ? Can anyone assist as to how I can download? Thanks!

  21. Hello,
    I sent an email yesterday to get the difference between the lite and normal version of this theme.

    and also many other question.
    Hope you can answer soon. I’m looking forward to try this Modularity Theme 😀

    Thanks

  22. I’m having problems with the slideshow and top navigation menu with this template. It was working smoothly before but now the slideshow does not switch between the five images and the drop down arrows do not appear on the navigation menu. The drop-downs still appear when I hover my cursor over the menu items, but the drop down arrows are not there anymore. Does anyone know a fix for this? I don’t mind the navigation menu issue that much but I would really like to get the slideshow issue fixed.

    Here is my blog link for reference: http://www.reformadigital.com/blog/

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  23. I found the answer to my slideshow and navigation menu problem. I was running the WP Lightbox 2 plugin and it was creating the problem. I deactivated it and re-activated the Shadowbox JS plugin and now both the slideshow and the navigation menu are working again. FYI for future Modularity Lite users.

  24. i’m not sure it is – i’m having trouble too. it crashed my site – but then i changed postimage(‘thumbnail’) to postimage(‘thumbnail_size_w’); (apps/blog.php and /search.php)

    that got rid of the 500 internal server error

    but the side bar is missing 🙁

    1. i take that back — it’s just something wrong in post-images.php function postimage – commenting *that* out resolves 500 internal server error on our site.

      1. figured sidebar out — in 2.7 you go to widgets, click ‘sidebar’ and add widgets to sidebar. super easy. theme options let you turn sidebar on & off, mine was on by default.

  25. Hi and greetings for all the good job you make here…
    I just subscribed as a freebie to download some of your free templates to test and choose one for my blog but each time I try to download one or another template, here is the message I obtain (in firefox 3 or ie 7): “Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/5251/domains/graphpaperpress.com/html/wp-config.php:81) in /home/5251/domains/graphpaperpress.com/html/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php on line 140”

    Am I doing wrong ?
    Thank you for advance !

  26. thank so much for this wunderful theme. I´m a “Newbie” and i want to use my own foto´s in the slideshow, but i need more time, than a professional to realise ist. Please excuse my bad english.

    Manuela

  27. Hi Thad,

    Do any of your themes show category or page hierarchies? I’ve noticed that Modularity Lite shows all page and blog entry subcategories inline with their parent, and previewing the other themes I see the same kind of thing. Is this something you plan to address at some point?

  28. Same here. I get an error when I try to upload it. Any suggestions?

    It does not show up in my Theme manager after uploading

  29. hi!
    just downloaded Modularity Lite, it look great, no problems to install it…congratulations for the amazing work!!!
    The only issue that i have is that i cannot make the slideshow to show up.
    Under the Theme manager i activated the slideshow, but nothing happens, i have the jpeg’s with the same name and in the same folder.
    Please help?

    1. I am having the same problem… I get image1 to come up and it looks like it is trying to upload image2 etc when I refresh but it bounces back to image1

      I am not sure what to say?

  30. No support for this theme at all, huh? That sucks. I realize it’s free, but I would be at least giving you a little advertising at the bottom of my blog if I used the theme. I can’t use the theme if you provide no support at all, though. 🙁

    1. There is always the option of updating the theme for yourself 😉 There is nothing stopping you. We are releasing an update soon, but the timeline depends on our schedules.

  31. All fixed! I created a second Modularity Lite blog without all the extras and then went page by… I would copy a page code to a notepad file. Then, replace the customized page code from Blog 1 with the basic code from Blog 2. If say, swapping the simple header page code out didn’t fix the problem, I would put it back to the customized version (that sat waiting in notepad) and move on to the next page.

    It turned out it was my index.php page I had messed up. As soon as I replaced it…. Bravo!

    Hope that helps some poor soul out there like me.

    Thanks anyway!!

  32. I installed Modularity Lite and I have my home page set to show my 10 last posts but it only shows an image with the latest post. Is there a way to make it show images for all of the posts?

    Thank you!!

    1. yep, in apps/blog.php, change this code:

      <?php if ($i == 1) {
      include (THEMELIB . ‘/apps/multimedia.php’);
      the_content();
      }

      to this:

      = 1) {
      include (THEMELIB . ‘/apps/multimedia.php’);
      the_content();
      }

      1. sorry, this is the correct post,
        change this:

        <?php if ($i == 1) {
        include (THEMELIB . ‘/apps/multimedia.php’);
        the_content();
        }

        to this:

        = 1) {
        include (THEMELIB . ‘/apps/multimedia.php’);
        the_content();
        }

  33. PLEASE HELP

    I am using the slideshow for my website and i need help making the photos on there linked with URL’s….how am i supposed to do that??

    Also why does it never work to have the photos with Caption’s with this theme??

    1. I’m having a similar problem with AWOL thumbnails. Deleted extra plugins, checked for code variations to no avail.

      I’m using WP-Simpleviewer for my galleries.

  34. I like this theme very much but i have one question.. how to transform those menu to classic menu? I want my PAGES to show in one line, instead of drop downs.. But anyway, this theme is fantastic. Thank you, Irena.

  35. I love this theme but have 2 major issues. I can’t for the life of me get an image to center in a post. Centered images always display floating left. Right and left aligned images display fine. I’ve spent hours looking over the stylesheet and can’t find any problem. I can change the top and bottom margin of the image but adding or changing the values for left and right do nothing. At the moment it’s set to: {display: block;margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto;} I’ve even tried styling the image from within the post with no luck.

    The lightbox function shown on the 6th test post in the demo doesn’t work either. Should that be a part of the theme or is it an additional plugin?

    1. Hi Anne.
      I had the same problem with centered images who just float left, but I solved it by just delete this 2 lines in the style.css-paper. The line who starts with “img.aligncentered { }” and “.aligncenter,div.aligncenter { }”. Hope it can help you too.

  36. The only issue that i have is that i cannot make the slideshow to show up.
    Under the Theme manager i activated the slideshow, but nothing happens, i have the jpeg’s with the same name and in the same folder.

  37. Thank you very much for the theme. It’s awesome. However I had issues with the width of the bottom columns so I specified a width for these in the CSS which fixed it. I’m also having the same problem Joe Gold is having. I insert images into my posts, usually from my Flickr account. But the only image displaying is the latest post. When I view the source of the page, the other posts begin with the paragraph after my photo. Going back to the admin side of my site I see my images just fine. Why/how does this theme remove the photo from each post except the latest one? I understand there is no support for the theme, but a hint would be appreciated.

  38. I’ve signed up as a member and checked the “Freebies” subscription, but I can’t download any of your freebies. ARGGGGHHH!! What am I doing wrong?

    thx,
    Matt

  39. hi – trying to find a theme for my site and I need to use a custom logo. I like the multi-media on this one but can’t see if there is an option to put in a logo (I’m not quite up to making my own code for that)
    thanks!

  40. Is there an easy way to embed the slideshow on a page? I want to make a ‘home’ page other than the most recent posts page.

  41. I like this theme very much but i have one question.. how to transform those menu to classic menu? I want my PAGES to show in one line, instead of drop downs.. But anyway, this theme is fantastic. Thank you, Irena.

  42. All fixed! I created a second Modularity Lite blog without all the extras and then went page by… I would copy a page code to a notepad file. Then, replace the customized page code from Blog 1 with the basic code from Blog 2. If say, swapping the simple header page code out didn’t fix the problem, I would put it back to the customized version (that sat waiting in notepad) and move on to the next page.

  43. HI everybody, there is any code that allows me to have big pictures like the latest post in all the post i have on the home page instead to have only one big an the others small ??? how can i obtained it ?
    Thanks

  44. using WP 7.8.1: in Theme Options for Modularity Lite 1.1 when toggling off Slideshow, won’t save change. same for Sidebar; won’t save toggle to ‘off’. default seems to be on.

    also, widgets aren’t showing up after saving in Dashboard.

    ??

    any help is appreciated.

  45. using WP 7.8.1: in Theme Options for Modularity Lite 1.1 when toggling off Slideshow, won’t save change. same for Sidebar; won’t save toggle to ‘off’. default seems to be on.

    also, widgets aren’t showing up after saving in Dashboard.

    ??

    any help is appreciated.

  46. help! i’m using a modified version of this theme but it keeps reverting to the default theme about every day. i can’t figure out what to do. i go to the wp settings and activate a different them, then reactivate modularity lite, and it works… until it defaults to another theme. it happens even when i’m not making posts or doign anything to my blog. i would like to pay a freelancer to help me fix this. i have no idea what to do and i’m at wit’s end. please email me at “n s wel ton” (put all those letters together) at hot mail dot com.

  47. HI!

    Love this theme. How the heck do you get the slideshow to show up on ALL the pages? I can’t get it to do so even when I changed the code in the index.php doc.

    Please let me know.

    Thanks!

  48. I recently installed the Modularity lite theme in order to have a more photography related blog, but I have some Issues with it.

    I will briefly explain what I would like with this theme:

    The images that I would like to display in my blog are hosted on Flickr with a maximum resolution op 800 pixels (long side).
    The Modularity lite theme requires images with a width of 950 pixels in order to fill the page (theme layout).
    I do not want to host 950 pixels wide because I post my images also on photography related forum and there the maximum is always 800 pixels.

    I can post the Flickr hosted images (800 pixels width) without any problem on my blog with the Modularity lite theme, but there is text to the right of the image due to the theme’s width of 950 pixels for an image.

    Only when I upload an image to my WordPress server and add it as a 950 wide image the text will appear below the image, but I do not want to host a duplicate on my server due to data traffic limits.

    Does anyone has an idea how to alter this theme so the image width is 800pixels wide instead of 950.

    Thanks in advance!

  49. I am using Modularity Lite. I would like to know if anyone know how to show up the slideshow/header on all the pages. I only can see the slideshow/header on the main page. But not in other pages..

    Thanks in advanced..:)

  50. Hi! I love this theme, except that nothing is working on it! First I’ve removed the images from the slideshow and added my own with the correct names (image1 etc.) secondly ive changed the hex values on the theme options page, but nothing work..i keep looking at the dumb football player and i dont know how he even still exists on the page since i deleted it from my ftp

  51. Beautiful template. I’m now using it for my business photography blog. But I have two very big problems:
    1/ All the entries were clipped so that images wouldn’t show up when browsing.
    2/ All my text formatting is seriously screwed up. Any text above the first image in the entry is fine. Any text afterward (for instance, captions over each image) ends up squashed in some random corner of the entry box. That doesn’t even make sense!

    By searching these comments I so gratefully found a solution for #1… removing a single = sign from the blog.php file within the apps folder. I’m not that great with PHP so it took me a while to even find that file. Thank you to the individual who put that out here.

    Alas, after much searching an testing I have found NO solution for the text problem, as mysterious as it is.
    I did find by experimenting that if I went into the entry code and placed a ‘br clear=”all”‘ tag after every. single. image. it would return the text formatting to normal. But why did it even do this in the first place? And it is out of the question to think I can go through three years of business archives and do this to every single entry and image. Is there any way I can fix this on a more global scale? I mean, I’ve never once encountered this issue with ANY template I’ve ever used… there has to be something weird doing it! Help!

    1. @ Mohamad.
      you can easily change the pictures slide show in homepage by changing them manually that located in \themes\modularity-lite\images\slideshow
      Hope this help.

      -Feed

    1. Glenn, also my slideshow is not working… Slideshow option is enabled, I see first photo but… nothing more. How you resolved this issue?

  52. Hi! please tell me how can I change color of the main horizontal menu and color of the Blog title text? also, is it possible to change the language of main menu? If yes, how? Thanks

  53. How do I use the automatic thumbnail generator? I have the photos ready – do I set this up in the post or where do I find it?
    Thanks

  54. what code do i need to input to change the header to a logo image instead of just the text name of the blog? please reply, thanks

  55. Like everyone else, I love the website. Great work on this. My slideshow is not showing. All I get is an “x.” I actually went back to using your original images and still doesn’t work. Please help. Thanks in advance.

  56. Like everyone else, I love the theme. Great work on this. My slideshow is not showing. All I get is an “x.” I actually went back to using your original images and still doesn’t work. Please help. Thanks in advance.

  57. I’m having a hard time with the simplest thing- changing the ‘link color’ and background color (the far outside borders). I’m just trying to change those 2 aspects without loosing the nifty abstract page in the background. When I enable the ‘customize layout and colors’ I loose the abstract background… anyways around it? maybe something outside of the theme options I could change?

  58. Hi… I’m a noob at this wordpress thing but I love this theme.

    Is there any way I can make the background white and the text black instead of it’s present look?

  59. I use the two column option but would like to make the post width wider and the sidebar narrower so I can fit a 600 px wide photo rather than resize it down to 590px I have been through the code but cant find anything – is this possible does anyone know? I Only need another 10px

    Thanks Kevin.

  60. Hi – I installed the theme and the slideshow was working but then stopped worked and the height changed to 590 (and included part of the next photo) even though I told it in the theme options to be 425. I overrode the max height in the CSS as a temporary fix, but I would really like the slideshow to start working again. that is the only change to the style I did…

  61. Hi – I installed the theme and the slideshow was working but then stopped working and the height changed to 590 (and included part of the next photo) even though I told it in the theme options to be 425. I overrode the max height in the CSS as a temporary fix, but I would really like the slideshow to start working again. that is the only change to the style I did… I did install some widgets, but nothing crazy.
    any suggestions?

  62. fixed it… started deactivating plugins… stupid social network plugin was overriding the theme for some reason! @#$#$

  63. I wanted to post some of my questions here I wasn’t able to solve. The theme is awesome but it does require a lot of tweaking for it to work perfectly on the blog. Too bad the support forum is closed but at least maybe here in the comments someone will post an answer.

    1. Did anyone find out how to replace the blog title with a custom logo.png file? I realize some edits need to be made to header.php and style.css but I can’t find out what to change…

    2. I added additioanal drop down menu “in someone else’s eye” dispalying links from category 3. Unfortunately the name ‘in someone else’s eye” is being displayed again once you click the dropdown. How to make it display just like ‘pages’ or ‘categories’ ?
    The code I have is:
    In someone else’s eye

    3. I want to change the post area width to around 800px and make the sidebar smaller. I want to post pictures with 750px width. Do you know what to edit to change that?

    4. Images are all aligned to the left although all of them are set up to be centered. Someone mentioned here to deleted 2 lines from style.css but that did not solve the problem for me or I deleted incorrect lines) . Do you know how to fix the problem with images automaticaly floating to the left?

    Great theme, love the design.

  64. I found solutions for my questions 1,3 & 4 – logo instead of blog title, post area width and images aligning left – soon I’ll post information on my blog – in the meantime feel free to ask if you have similar questions !

  65. Any idea how can I generate all the thumbnails? Lots of my post that have photos don’t have a thumbnail.

    Thanks!

    1. I have the same problem… I post the identical HTML in different posts and some do and some don’t show a thumbnail. Very frustrating!

  66. Hi there,
    Hoping someone can help me with a very silly question – so I downloaded this theme, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to change the images on the slideshow from the photos that came with it to my own photos.

    On the ‘theme options’ I have selected Slideshow ‘on’, and underneath it has this instruction – “If you want a slideshow on the homepage, enable this option. By default, the slideshow pulls in the five photos in the images/slideshow/ folder inside your theme folder.”

    I have tried to find this slideshow foder, but no luck so far! Can anyone help with this (and sorry again that it is such a silly question)!

    Thanks in advance

  67. Hi there – hoping someone can help with a probably very silly question….

    I cannot figure out how to change the images in the slideshow from those that came loaded with the theme, to my own photos.

    The ‘Theme Options’ has a section for Slideshow Options, and I have checked the slideshow to be ‘on’. Underneath there is a message:
    “f you want a slideshow on the homepage, enable this option. By default, the slideshow pulls in the five photos in the images/slideshow/ folder inside your theme folder. ”

    For the life of me I cannot locate this folder – can anyone help with this (and sorry again that it is such a silly question!).

    Thanks in advance

    1. Suzanne,
      I am just setting up my site but I did figure out the slideshow part.
      Those images are stored in your hosting control center…you sign in there separately. If you are using GoDaddy, it’s the site that has an address that starts out; https://hostingmanager.secureserver.net
      Once u r signed in, there is a green nav bar at the top. Choose “content” and then “Your files” then open the folder on the left called “wp-content,” then “themes” then “modularity lite” then “images” then “slideshow.”
      once you do that you will see the center pane listing images 1-5. You have to upload your own images into that directory (you’ll see an “upload” icon at the top) and you have to get rid of the default images. Be sure to name YOUR images as they have them there, as in “image1,” “image2” etc. That is what causes them to appear on the slideshow in the right order.
      Hope this helps.
      Leona

  68. Hello There!!! Nice WordPress theme… I have just seen its
    demo and seriously was looking forward to download such type of WordPress theme
    which is filled with lot of premium features. If you don’t mind I too want to
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